Eagles Injury report: Josh Sweat still absent due to illness

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 13: New Orleans Saints Quarterback Taysom Hill (7) scrambles from Philadelphia Eagles Defensive End Josh Sweat (94) in the second half during the game between the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles on December 13, 2020 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

The Eagles are now just a few days away from their wildcard matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and it’s important that the team go into the game as healthy as possible. Thursday’s injury report gives us a lot of insight as to how the Birds will lineup this weekend.

The good news is that only one player missed practice and that was Josh Sweat. The $40M man did miss practice yesterday with an illness as well. If he was to miss Sunday’s game, it would leave Ryan Kerrigan as the potential starter, which obviously is less than ideal. The Eagles need to turn it up against Tom Brady and losing Sweat would really impact those plans.

They could shift Tarron Jackson over to the left, but depth at the position is light right now so they’ll definitely be hoping that Sweat can get to 100% by the weekend.

Several players were limited during Thursday’s walkthrough. Miles Sanders was one of those players but Nick Sirianni is hopeful that his explosive running back will be available for what could be the biggest game of his career. He hasn’t played in close to three weeks now since suffering a hand injury, so if he is active, he’ll likely be on a pitch count.

Landon Dickerson and Nate Herbig should both be ready make their return to the starting lineup on Sunday as well, giving Philly a fortress along the offensive front.

There’s still one more day of practice to go so we should get some clarity surrounding those who are limited, but the only player to really be concerned about is Josh Sweat.

It’s genuinely frightening how healthy the Eagles have been this year. If they can end the season in that same fashion, one has to like their chances of springing a surprise or two due to how strong the core of the team is and how little the lineup has changed over the course of an elongated campaign.

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